Hospital-acquired legionnaires disease in a university hospital: Impact of the copper-silver ionization system

Josep Mòdol, Miquel Sabrià, Esteban Reynaga, Maria L. Pedro-Botet, Nieves Sopena, Pere Tudela, Irma Casas, Celestino Rey-Joly

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Abstract

We evaluated the impact of the copper-silver ionization system in a hospital where hyperendemic nosocomial legionellosis and was present and all previous disinfection measures had failed. After implementation of the copper-silver ionization system, environmental colonization with Legionella species decreased significantly, and the incidence of nosocomial legionellosis decreased dramatically, from 2.45 to 0.18 cases per 1000 patient discharges. © 2006 by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-265
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2007

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